This week in Winning Post

Opinions vary on the relative strength of the colts' and the fillies' form in Melbourne, but we'll find out this Saturday when many of the nation's best two-year-olds clash in the Blue Diamond at Caulfield.

Most pundits are with the colts, who are led by Godolphin's imperious Preview and Prelude winner Hanseatic.

The Diamond leads a cracking Caulfield program, with the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and Oakleigh Plate in support. Meanwhile at Rosehill it's Silver Slipper day, with the Golden Slipper lead-up supported by the Hobartville, the Millie Fox and the Parramatta Cup.

Our form coverage kicks off on Friday with full form guides for The Valley and Canterbury night meetings plus Sale during the day, as well as fields, colours and selections for Quirindi, Canberra, Sunshine Coast and Narrogin.

The metro racing this Saturday is at Caulfield in Melbourne, Rosehill in Sydney, Morphettville in SA, Eagle Farm in Brisbane and Ascot in Perth.

Winning Post carries full-colour liftout guides for all those meetings plus bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition) and Gold Coast (Queensland edition), as well as fields, tips, ratings and/or colours for other TAB Saturday cards.

On Sunday we've got liftout formguides for four more TAB meetings including Taree's Country Championship qualifier day and Oaks day at Launceston plus fields, ratings, tips and colours for a stack more Sunday and Monday programs.

Don't forget Winning Post now carries trackwork reports for all four Melbourne training tracks, all three in Sydney, Morphettville in Adelaide and a general Brisbane report.

Away from the form, we've got news columns from Queensland, NSW, six Victorian districts, SA and Tasmania.

Our readers have their say on page 4, while further back in the book Shane Templeton reminisces, Paul Richards presents his unique take on the sport, Tony Kneebone brings you his Snippets column and Number Cruncher delivers the stats that matter.

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Inside Winning Post February 22 edition you'll find liftout form guides for:
The Valley, Canterbury, Sale
Caulfield, Rosehill, Morphettville, Eagle Farm, Ascot, bet365 Yarra Valley (Vic/SA/Tas edition), Newcastle (NSW edition), Gold Coast (Qld edition)
Sportsbet-Ballarat, Taree, Sunshine Coast, Launceston
Is the VRC on a winner with its Rapid Racing concept?
Eye Catchers
Each week Paul Richards identifies horses from recent race meetings that he believes are ready to win. Here we update you when they are about to have their next start.
Flemington Saturday - R9 N2 Admiral's Joker 5th
Flemington Saturday - R3 N8 Toscanini 5th
Royal Randwick Saturday - R6 N8 Night Of Power 3rd
Colac Sunday - R8 N5 Sailors Falls SCR
Letter of the Week

English wonder

What a pity English jockey Tom Marquand has gone back home for the start of the English season following its winter break. His success in Sydney must encourage other young riders to come out here and test their skills, and pick up a good income. 
Tom excelled whilst here. What I liked was his energy, and ability to put a horse into the race. He is sort of a Purton/Rawiller combination, and I was most impressed. 
Meanwhile, way out west at Geraldton on February 5, young four-kilo claiming apprentice Madi Derrick  rode three winners in succession, something not seen very often. 
I wonder whether a Perth trainer was impressed enough to take Derrick on. Four kilos is very handy to take off a horse these days, particularly when way down in the weights. 

Craig Holmes
Port Lincoln (SA)
Today's Racing
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Social Networking

Paul Richards introduces a fun formula each week designed to come up with the odd winner for those looking for a small interest or to see if systems really work. On this page he subjects Saturday's fields to one of those systems: